Group facilitation

When open and productive working relationships are important; when gathering diverse perspectives matter; when consensus is important, facilitation can be the secret sauce.

What is group facilitation? 

“Group facilitation is a process in which a person, whose selection is acceptable to all members of the group, is substantively neutral, and has no decision-making authority, diagnoses and intervenes to help a group improve how it identifies and solves problems and makes decisions, to increase the group’s effectiveness.” Roger Schwarz

In short – the facilitator understands the group need; designs the process; then facilitates the discussion. The facilitator owns the outcomes of a meeting, not the content.

Read this short article on how facilitation adds value to your engagement by Martin Gilbraith.

Use facilitation for:

  • strategic planning
  • high stakes meetings where resolution is needed
  • stakeholder consultation
  • business planning
  • management meetings
  • team development
  • project kick offs, chartering or planning
  • project look backs, or issues exploration
  • process definition and development
  • partner/vendor discussions

I will work with you to:

  • develop a shared understanding of desired outcomes
  • define how your group and I will work together to achieve shared outcomes
  • design agendas
  • gather and review any needed materials
  • design meeting processes
  • facilitate the meeting or event
  • develop the final report in accordance with your requirements

By using a facilitator, a group can achieve higher quality outcomes, better decisions and ultimately better performance.

Setting up for an event

Just for fun…

What to look for when choosing a facilitator?